52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 34 Recap

52ancestors-2015-34Is anyone else really confused about when we are?  Between school starting (which seems especially early this year), much cooler temperatures here in the Midwest (also early), and a “late” Labor Day, I am utterly confused as to when I am.

It didn’t help that my mom reminded me that Christmas is 4 months from this past Tuesday. Sigh.

The optional theme for Week 34 was “Non-population.” If you followed the theme, I hope you had as much fun digging into the non-population schedules as I always do!

Leave a comment with a link to your Week 34 post and a little bit about your ancestor. As always, take a look at Week 33’s posts. Be warned — there are some sad stories in the “Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent” theme.

(My writing this week was on my other blog: “How Quilting Is Like Genealogy” and “National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers: A Surprisingly Rich Resource.” In that one, I went into more detail with the record shown on the Bryan Cranston episode of Who Do You Think You Are?“)

Upcoming Optional Themes

    • Week 35 (August 27 – September 2) – School Days
    • Week 36 (September 3-9) – Working for a Living
    • Week 37 (September 10-16) – Large Family
    • Week 38 (September 17-23) – Favorite Place
    • Week 39 (September 24-30) – Unusual

If you need some ideas on how to approach September’s theme, I have some on the September themes announcement. (As always, the themes are optional. Write about whomever you want!)

30 thoughts on “52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 34 Recap

  1. Vera Marie Badertscher

    Samuel Frederick SCHNEITER, my husband’s 2x great grandfather.

    Although I’ve used the agriculture census many times for people on my mother’s side, I haven’t found any of my husband’s ancestors on the non-population census reports as yet. And anyhow, this week I’m talking about one of the Swiss ancestors who amazingly worked elsewhere than on a dairy farm.


    I should mention that I got all excited about a dairy farm record that I thought was Ken’s great-grandfather, but then I calmed down and looked at the date and county again and realized it wasn’t the right person at all!

  2. purslaneforever

    Two posts this week, the first of two about a truly great great-aunt Mame — “52 Ancestors: Mame MARSHALL Brown 1891-1987”


    And, a short post about her younger brother, Rev. Edmund P, Marshall, and a modern photo of the seminary where he studied for the priesthood — “Fr. Edmund MARSHALL – From Parisian Seminary to Small Town Parish, young priest finds his calling”


  3. Cheryl Biermann Hartley


    I was able to locate the Pennsylvania agricultural schedules for the 1850 and 1880 federal censuses online through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

    Thomas and Adam Whipple – Here a Cow, There a Sheep: An Investigation into Non-population Schedules of the U.S. Censuses http://wp.me/p4ioO6-gE

  4. Claudia Boorman

    Yes, not only am I confused about which week it is, but I’m a week behind due to another project, AND I took liberties with the theme for week 34 – instead of “non-population” I called in “no added population” (no children) and I wrote about my childless maternal great aunt:

    ANDREW, Ida Alice (1871-1956), a nurse who married late to a much younger Anglican minister in Winnipeg Manitoba and moved with him down to Omaha Nebraska.



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